THE MEANING OF AUTUMN

AUTUMN whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

No Contest


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Tootgarook sunlight, Mornington Peninsula
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Matinee Muse prompt #7 ~ Undying Optimism
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Clouds filled with white light
Seas jewelled with glittering stars
Dark shapes cringe in awe
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Time to Leave Mourning


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Last day of winter at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Totally Optional Prompts ~ Time to Leave
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My wings find the light
Beyond grey waves of winter ~
Changing of the guard
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Spring colours strengthen
Spring rains dance in new sunlight
Time to leave mourning
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Flowers from Sorrento


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Flowers at the entrance to a Sorrento park, Mornington Peninsula
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Today's Flowers #4
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Sorrento blues
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Colours gracing both sides of the Sorrento park entrance
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Bright jewels of earth
Living lights of early Spring
Falling stars re-born
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White Lady on Blue


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The Queenscliff- Sorrento ferry daily plies the waters of Port Phillip Bay between the southern regions of Mornington Peninsula and Bellarine Peninsula. (Sorrento and Queenscliff represent the oldest settlements pre-Melbourne). She is a car ferry.
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One Single Impression prompt #27 ~ Spectacle
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White lady on blue
Sailing her routine of tides
Spectacle of grace
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ The ferry docked at Sorrento pier
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Greyscale Memory


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shadows along the beachside walkway at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Hey Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday prompt #15
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Shadows and lights
Zebra the walkway of
The place where I used to be
All I have left is
Greyscale memory
Since the day
Loneliness
Ceased living
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The walls I built were
High and cold
But you changed
My Winters to Springs
And now I stroll in
A world edged with colour
How I wish
You could always be
Here
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P.S. Apology ~ This is a bit cheesy, but I felt like indulging in a little for once! Spring is here, and I was just reflecting on how lucky I am to have my beautiful partner!
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Spring Light


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Bright Spring light at Tootgarook, Mornington Peninsula
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Scenic Sunday prompt #7
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Strange rippling cross-currents at Tootgarook in Spring light
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Not a bud
Not a blossom
Not a flower
To be seen
And yet
There is a certain
Rippling
Dazzle in
Light by the sea
Whispering
SPRING!
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wild Freedom


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Bird on the seashore at Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula
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Camera Critters prompt #21
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freedom in the wild
wild freedom
freedom's child
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P.S. This bird looks like some kind of heron. But in truth, I have no idea what it is called. It has an unusual grey, smokey-blue tone to its feathers just as the pic shows. But there seems to be an extra layer of stiff feathers standing up at the back over the smooth ones below. It looked quite weird. If anyone can tell me the name of this bird, I would appreciate it.

Pink Coat


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Pink doored beach house at Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
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Pink Saturday prompt
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I was taking a pic of a pink doored beach house. But, from a distance, heading toward me, was an image that would be far more interesting for Pink Saturday.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Dark clothed adults and a little girl in a pink coat
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As a little family of three drew closer, I saw that the man and woman only had adoring eyes for the little girl as she walked.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Little girl in a pink coat at play before Mum's smiling eyes
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Then the man drew out a very large camera and was intent on photographing the sea and sky. Mum, however, simply watched with quiet pride as her little one enjoyed just being alive on a winter beach.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Little girl in a pink coat and her Mum watching the sea together at Dromana beach, Mornington Peninsula
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Finally, a magic moment! Little girl and Mum stood side by side and watched the tiny waves rippling onto the beach!
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Pink moments are
A little like happiness
Tied up with
Radiance in
A delicate bow
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But when a child is
Coated in pink
The innocent
Fresh
Sweet
New
Hopeful
Blossoms of Spring have
Human
Possibility
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And I have taken the liberty of posting a quote from Emily Dickinson on How Sweet the Sound, the home of Pink Saturday. It seems to fit these pink reflections.
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Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words,
And never stops at all.
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Beautiful Muted Freeway


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Beautiful morning sky over my mountain, Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula
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PhotoHunt # 125 ~ Beautiful
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Morning view from the top of Arthurs Seat, overlooking Port Phillip Bay
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A little Bay beneath a huge canvas of moody morning lights
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Moody morning lights
Hang from
Foamy puffs of wonder
High on a mountain
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Morning dreams
Delight in
Freeway chatter
Humming
Far below
With the volume
Almost
Mute
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Lost Footprint


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ On the rail with just a shadow
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Weekend Wordsmith prompt ~ Lost Sock
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I am just
A lonely
Deflated
Piece of colour
Destined to dream of
Old journeys
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Once
I was
A necessity
Warming
Protecting
Maybe loving
The very tips of humanity
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I was a seasoned traveller
Carelessly
Walked and
Washed ~
Always presumed
To be there
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But there are
(Should be
Must be)
Two of us ~
Inseparable twins ~
Together
We were
The music of
Your song
(Not that you ever really knew)
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But now
You will never know ~
For my other
Sole is
Lost in
The footprints of
Somewhere ~
And I can only dream
Of of my other days
Lost
In the silence of
My shadow
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman
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Sea of Clouds


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Some sunlit skies and gathering cloud at Tootgarook, Mornington Peninsula
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Sky Watch prompt #7
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A hint of shadow in chameleon clouds at Tootgarook
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Walking in gentle light beneath soft rippling clouds at Tootgarook
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Clouds become like rippling waves at Tootgarook
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Rippling clouds over a smooth sea at Tootgarook
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ More rippling clouds at Tootgarook
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The sea of clouds is
A moody place ~
Where the waves of light
Stir
A strong
Undertow of
Shadow
~
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But somewhere
There is
A patch of blue
To find your wings
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Blue space in a sea of white cloud at Tootgarook
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Past Lives


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Behind the wall
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3WW prompt #CI ~ desperate + lapse + travelled
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There is something
Desperate about
The reject nook ~
That corner almost hidden
Behind
The facade of
Glorious shopping worlds ~
Where well-travelled trolleys and
Forgotten wrappers
Lapse into
Semi-conscious limbo ~
Waiting for
The great yawn of
The dumpster
Hangman
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One Way Poetic Justice


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Mailbox in Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
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Totally Optional Prompts ~ One way poetry
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A mailbox demands
Stamp duty on
Traffic
Headed for
The chamber of
Decisions
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This is
One time when
One choice
One action
Directs
One way
Forward
Action
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And once
The move is
Executed
Only
Some other
Brandishes
The key to
Treasure or
Trash
The moment
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One way
Poetic
Justice
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F is for Feisty


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ On the outside looking in ~ Dromana
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ABC Wednesday prompt ~ F is for Feisty
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I love to wander Dromana at the weekend. There is always something to notice.
And here begins a mini story.
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A feisty You watchin' me? look was flung my way
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ More feisty ~ And you're still there?
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Still more feisty ~ This could be war!
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Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ And please note! I have a feisty rear guard waiting for some action!
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At times
Animals perform
Wonderful skits of
Our all too human
Chameleon
Personalities ~
Funny
Feisty in a
Dry
Off-beat
Cliche
Kinda way
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Crackers from Polly


Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Cockatoo in a Dromana street
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Heads or Tails prompt #53 ~ Heads ~ Talk
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Train a bird to talk ~
Expect cracker scraps from
Old chit chat
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CALENDAR

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A place of beauty in the Western Tiers

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View near Blackwood Park Cottages, Mole Creek

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Archive of Blog Quotes

  • A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
  • Autumn is an introspective season when stray thoughts of the mind dive into the mystique of the soul - Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn is the bridesmaid of Summer and the flowergirl of Winter ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Autumn whispers the tones of yesterday in a minor key ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Love is born / With a dark and troubled face, / When hope is dead / And in the most unlikely place; / Love is born, / Love is always born. - Michael Leunig's Christmas Song Cycle "Southern Star"
  • Spring paints the stars of heaven in Earth colours ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Summer sizzles with a sibilant hush / Broken by dreams of / Clinking ice ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. - G.K. Chesterton
  • Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. - Stanley Horowitz
  • Winter is the fire, simmering lonely in the soul ~ Gemma Wiseman
  • Winter is the shadow, the etching of the seasons in the mist ~ Gemma Wiseman

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